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Chinese people or Chinese-speaking/writing people.

Note In Chinese names, the family name is typically placed first (for example, the family name of "Mao Zedong" is "Mao"). For westernized names, the family name is placed last (for example, the family name of "Maggie Cheung" is "Cheung"). The following names are listed in alphabetic order, by family names.

People's Republic of China

Republic of China

Imperial times

  • Aixinjueluo Puyi, the last emperor
  • Empress Dowager Cixi, Qing dynasty de facto leader
  • Dou Xian
  • Fu Hsi
  • Genghis Khan, Mongolian emperor
  • Gao Lishi, Tang, corrupt
  • Han Gao Zu
  • Han Shangdi
  • Hongwu Emperor of China
  • Hong Tianguifu, king of Taiping
  • Hong Xiuquan, king of Taiping
  • Kangxi Emperor of China, Emperor of the Qing Dynasty
  • Kublai Khan
  • Li Hongzhang, Qing statesman
  • Li Zicheng, Ming rebel leader
  • Empress Dowager L? of Han Empire
  • Qin Shi Huangdi, first emperor
  • Sima Guang
  • Emperor Tang Taizong of China
  • Wang An-shih
  • Wu Zetian, Empress of China
  • Yan Song, corrupt prime minister
  • Yang Guozhong, Tang official by guanxi
  • Yongle Emperor of China
  • Zheng Chenggong

Painters and calligraphers

  • Wang Xizhi, calligrapher
  • Xue Wei, painter
  • Wei Shuo, female calligrapher

Actors and actresses


  • Ang Lee
  • Jackie Chan
  • Samson Chiu
  • King Hu
  • Ringo Lam
  • Ng Wui
  • Tsui Hark
  • Wayne Wang
  • Wong Kar-wai
  • John Woo
  • Zhang Yimou

See also: Cinema of China


  • Roman Tam
  • Faye Wong

See also: Cantopop


  • Ch'eng Mao-y?n, violinist and composer

Martial Artists

  • Cheng Man-ch'ing, Tai Chi
  • Leung Sheung
  • Wong Fei Hung, kung fu during the Qing dynasty
  • Yip Man
  • Zhang Sanfeng


  • Fu Mingxia, diver
  • Sun Wen, woman footballer
  • Wu Qingyuan (Go Seigen), go player
  • Xie Jun, chess player
  • Yao Ming, NBA Basketball player, Houston Rockets


  • Cai Yuanpei, chancellor
  • Chang-lin Tien, chancellor


  • Tung Chao Yung


  • Guo Ziyi, Tang general
  • Huang Gai
  • Lin Biao
  • Liu Huaqing
  • Ma Chao
  • Song Zhe Yuan
  • Sun Ce
  • Zhang Xueliang
  • Zhang Zizhong
  • Zhu De

See also: People of note in the PLA

  • Bai Shouyi, historian
  • Chang San-feng
  • Ch'ien Mu
  • Confucius, philosopher
  • Gao Xingjian
  • Gongsun Longzi, one of the Logicians of the Warring States Period
  • Hu Shih, writer
  • Jin Shengtan, editor and critic
  • Jinyong, novelist
  • Lao She
  • Lao Zi, philosopher
  • Li Ao, writer
  • Li Po, poet
  • Lin Yutang, writer
  • Lu Hao-tung
  • Lu Xun, novelist
  • Mao Dun, writer
  • Qian Xuantong, phonetician
  • Qian Zhongshu
  • Qu You, Ming novelist
  • Sima Qian, historiographer
  • Su Dongpo, poet
  • Sun Tzu, philosopher
  • Tu Wei-ming, ethicist
  • Wang Pi, Three Kingdoms philosopher
  • Zhang Ailing, woman novelist
  • Zhuang Zi, philosopher
See also: List of Chinese authors, List of Chinese language poets, List of Confucianists


  • Woo Tsin-hang, linguist
  • Zhang Binglin, phonologist
  • Y. R. Chao, phonologist and dialectologist


  • Xuanzang, Buddhist monk
  • Liang Fa, Christian preacher
  • Witness Lee, Christian founder of the Local Church
  • Gong Shengliang, Christian preacher
See also: List of Taoists

Scientists and engineers

  • Cai Lun, inventor of paper
  • David Ho, AIDS researcher
  • Charles Kao, inventor of optical fiber
  • I. M. Pei, architect
  • An Wang, computer scientist
  • Zhang Heng, astronomer, mathematician, artist and literature scholar
  • Zhu Shijie, mathematician
  • Zu Chongzhi, mathematician and astronomer


  • Ching Shih, woman pirate
  • Jing Ke, assassin
  • Wan Hu, would-be astronaut

Fictional Chinese people

  • Charlie Chan, detective
  • Kai Lung, of stories by Ernest Bramah
  • Kato of Pink Panther series of films.
  • Li Kao and Number Ten Ox, of novels by Barry Hughart
  • Fu Manchu, criminal mastermind
    • parodied in the radio series Round the Horne as "Dr Chou En Ginsberg MA (failed)"
  • Xuanzang and his disciples (including Sun Wukong and Zhu Bajie), of Journey to the West

See also

  • Overseas Chinese
    • Chinese American, List
    • Chinese Canadian
    • Indonesian Chinese
    • Malaysian Chinese
    • Chinese Puerto Rican
  • American-born Chinese
  • Taiwanese American
  • List of people by nationality

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